Men's Lacrosse Upends Providence, 12-2

HAMDEN, Conn. - Junior Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) scored twice and dished out four assists, both game highs, as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team upended Providence, 12-2, Saturday afternoon at a rain-soaked Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. Fellow junior Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) added two goals and an assist as the Bobcats improved to 3-1 on the season. The loss dropped the Friars to 0-3.

Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.), Peter McNichols (Norwalk, Conn.), Ted Dimond (Marblehead, Mass.), Mike Gast (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Billy Alessi (Branford, Conn.), Alex Marotto (South Windsor, Conn.), Todd Kaiser (Summit, N.J.) and Jake Emms (Victoria, British Columbia) also added one goal apiece for the Bobcats, while Alex DeAlmeida (Point Pleasant, N.J.) and Kelly contributed assists.

Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) improved to 3-1 with the victory for the Bobcats, allowing just two goals, one against a man advantage, while making seven saves in 52:55. Jamie Prudden (Andover, Mass.) and Tim Yost (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) also saw action in the closing minutes for the Bobcats. Prudden made one save in 4:18, while Yost didn't face a shot in the final 2:47.

Tim Finnegan took the loss for the Friars, allowing one goal in the first 7:20 before being pulled. He made one save. Frank Cicero played the remainder of the half and into the third quarter, giving up six goals and stopping six shots before giving way to Christian Dzwilewski. Dzwilewski allowed five goals while making two saves, while Jake Goodelman made one stop without allowing a goal in the final 6:31.

The Bobcats never trailed in the game. Kelly got Quinnipiac on the board less than eight minutes into the contest with an unassisted marker that chased Providence's starting goalie, Finnegan, from the game. With just over a minute left in the quarter, Oppenheimer made it 2-0 off a Haggerty helper. Providence cut the deficit to one at the 10:31 mark of the second quarter as Evan Olsen assisted Evan Helda on the man advantage. But the Bobcats scored 10 of the final 11 goals the rest of the way, including the next four, to secure the victory.

Quinnipiac outshot the Friars, 36-14, and picked up 30 ground balls to Providence's 23. The Bobcats' defense allowed just eight of 18 Providence clear attempts, while Quinnipiac converted 17-of-20. Quinnipiac was successful on both of its extra-man opportunities, while the Bobcats' defense allowed just one goal in three chances when playing a man down.

The Bobcats return to ECAC Lacrosse action next Saturday, when they travel to Geneva, N.Y., to take on Hobart. Opening face-off from McCooey Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.